A Kamloops lawyer whose roots are in Lytton has been appointed as a provincial court judge in the city.
Raymond Phillips's appointment fills a vacancy in the Kamloops Law Courts, the provincial government said in a news release. He was born in Kamloops and is a member of the Lytton First Nation - Nlaka'pamux.
Phillips graduated with a bachelor of laws from UBC in 1993 and was called to the bar one year later. He also articled with the federal Department of Justice before joining the St'at'imc/Nlaka'pamux Legal Services Society as a staff lawyer.
Since 2002, Phillips has been a general practitioner, helping clients with several legal issues including criminal law, real estate, contracts and settlements. He's also served as duty counsel for the Chnúkcwentn First Nations Court since 2013 and the Merritt First Nations Court since it opened in 2017.
He was appointed Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) in 2015. The Q.C. designation is an honour conferred annually on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. The successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character, and have been a member of the British Columbia bar for at least five years.